Grassroots movements that create spaces for dialogue and action across lines of difference form an essential building block of sustainable peace. What are the unique advantages and challenges to these efforts, and how do you create ethical frameworks that pursue open opportunities for exchange while also calling participants into action toward mutual flourishing that maximizes dignity, security, and freedom for all?
Join us to hear directly from Hands of Peace, a grassroots organization empowering American, Palestinian, and Israeli youth to become agents of change through immersive, dialogue-based summer programs in the U.S. We’ll hear firsthand how the program has shaped the lives and experiences of two alumni, Stav Arnon and Elias Hawila, and about the larger work of Hands of Peace from executive director Scott Rasmussen. Moderating will be Telos team member David Katibah.
In this Part 2, nonviolence expert and practitioner from Bethlehem, Sami Awad, along with musician, author and creator of The Beatitudes Project Stu G from Nashville, Tennessee will join us for a discussion centered on Jesus’ claim, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
We’ll cover the role of nonviolence in personal and societal transformation and discuss Peacemaking Principle #5: Nonviolence | “Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.” —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Telos co-founder and executive director Todd Deatherage moderating.
Join us in Centering the Leadership of the Marginalized (Practice 4) as we invite Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, Palestinian theologian, author, and pastor of the Christmas Church in Bethlehem to share about his work in Bethlehem. Also joining us will be Rev. Bill Haley, founder of Coracle and co-founder of The Repentance Project.
We’ll discuss Rev. Isaac’s new book “The Other Side of the Wall,” which challenges theologies from the West that have been weaponized against him and others like him in the Holy Land. Telos co-founder and President Greg Khalil will moderate the conversation.
In our age of toxic polarization, we’re quick to make enemies of others and often fail to build meaningful relationships with those different from us, especially those from the “opposite side.” Yet relationships across lines of difference are at the core of peacemaking. Why are these relationships so important, and how can we practically begin to build them and overcome our contempt. Join us as we hear from an esteemed panel of peacemakers whose lives exemplify this difficult work.
On the panel will be Lisa Jernigan, co-founder of Amplify Peace, a global peacemaking movement, as well as Robi Damelin and Layla Alsheikh, Israeli and Palestinian mothers who have formed an unlikely friendship through their work building a reconciliation process in Israel/Palestine with the Parents Circle – Families Forum, an joint Israeli and Palestinian organization of bereaved families. Moderating the discussion will be Telos Co-founder and Executive Director, Todd Deatherage.
Democratic norms and common civic virtue feel more strained than ever before, but we know the damage of this season need not be permanent. Peacemakers recognize the opportunity and agency they have to write a new story in their community and across our nation. In our post-election world, what will it take for peacemakers to restore democracy and establish a shared life under common values, a life where we all have a seat at the table.
Join us as we ask these questions and hear from peacemakers Melissa Weintraub, Jim Mullins, and Greg Khalil. Melissa will share about her work building dialogue and deliberation across political divides as the co-founding Executive Director of Resetting the Table, and Jim Mullins will share about his experiences building civic virtue in his community and through the peacemaking community he co-founded, Peace Catalyst International. Telos co-founder and President Greg Khalil will moderate the discussion.